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CFA endorses use of approved seatbelt extensions

By: Sharon Mifsud

Category: Health & Safety, Operational Information

  2.34 PM 1 June, 2015


Location: District 4 News

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From time to time, larger CFA members request the use of seatbelt extensions as they cannot use the existing seatbelt in some CFA vehicles.

This has become more of an issue since the introduction of bucket seats into the rear of crew cab vehicles.

Drivers and crew leaders are responsible to ensure that all occupants in the vehicle are wearing seatbelts. Some larger CFA members are therefore travelling in CFA vehicles unrestrained, illegal and risking their own and others' lives in the event of a collision or sudden action required by the driver.

Issues

To ensure the health and safety of all vehicle occupants and to comply with the road rules, all occupants in a vehicle should be wearing a seatbelt. The use of seatbelt extensions is allowed by VicRoads providing the seat belt extension complies with the relevant Australian Standard.

Hemco in Ballarat are a supplier of Australian Standard approved seat belt extensions. There are generally two sized buckles used on vehicles within Australia and both cost around $60 including delivery.

Actions

  • Districts should advise OICs of brigades that seatbelt extensions are available for members who are currently not wearing one due to their size.
  • Districts should approve the use of any extension belts on an individual basis.
  • The belts are to be funded locally by districts, brigades or individual members.
  • The part number for each type of belt buckle is listed below.

Where to buy

Hemco in Ballarat can supply seatbelt extensions of 300mm length that suit the majority of vehicles used by CFA, for around $60.

Hemco Industries Pty Ltd 118 Learmonth St Alfredton, Ballarat 3350; tel: 5334 1213.

Attention: Wayne Fitzgerald

Part No. 1800360 for Nissan Patrol, Mitsubishi Triton and Mitsubishi Pajero

Part No. 1800058 for Toyota Prado, Ford Ranger, Holden Colorado, Toyota Hi-Lux, Nissan Navara, lsuzu 0-Max, lsuzu, Hino, Scania, Mercedes, lveco  and Mitsubishi

For any other vehicles, a call to Hemco may be required to ensure that the correct extension belt is ordered.

Last Updated: 01 June 2015